The second of three major resource summits was held in the Surat Basin on Friday.
The Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Paul Lucas said the summit was instrumental in addressing challenges and issues faced by Queensland’s regional communities.
“Today was about bringing all stakeholders together to discuss the best way forward for Surat Basin communities,” Lucas said.
Among the key issues discussed at the summit were the property rights of landholders, impact of mining on prime farming land, maintenance of local roads and the need for greater communication between the levels of government.
Mines and Energy Minister Geoff Wilson said the issues raised at the summit would be taken into account by the Bligh Government who is currently working on a solution that is in everyone’s best interests.
“Everyone’s got a stake in the long term sustainable development of the Surat Basin. Our summits give key stakeholders a seat at the table. We want to hear what they’ve got to say and take their concerns on board’” Wilson said.
The next and final resource summit will be held in Mount Isa on 28 November, 2008.